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Song writing research

I spent some time over the weekend listening to the lyrics of 23 songs by the Plain White T's. See, they are one of the few bands I'm aware of who write a lot of happy love songs (as opposed to the disappointed love songs or lost love songs that are rather prevalent with some other bands). Out of the 23 songs I listened to, 16 of them involved love or romance and 12 of them were of the happy variety. That's a pretty high percentage.

If you are wondering why on earth I'd bother doing such a thing, then I can assure you that it is related to my work-in-process, a contemporary YA romance based on an Austen novel, which happens to involve an up-and-coming rock band. And I was trying to figure out what sort of repertoire they'd have, and since the main character has written three love- and/or romance-related songs already, I wondered if that was pushing it.

The answer is "nope - not necessarily." Thank you, Plain White T's.

Now for some cold medicine and tea before bed . . .

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Jun. 28th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Happy love songs?! Huh? Really?!
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yep. The only folks I know who write a bunch of them are the Plain White T's and Taylor Swift - both of which are in heavy rotation on my playlist for this WIP.
Jun. 28th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
We have several Plain White T's songs on our cocktails playlist for the wedding because they are so cheerful :)
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Let me guess: 1,2,3,4 and Rhythm of Love? (I happen to adore one called Let Me Take You There, though it wasn't one of their big hits.)
Jun. 28th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yep! I love the video for "1,2,3,4" too- it used to come on while I was having breakfast a lot.
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
You're still sick?? Buggers! I hope you feel better, love.
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri - I'm improved and improving, but not yet well.

Edited at 2011-06-28 06:58 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Happy LOVE songs...
The Walter Mitty's standard banter line is: "We have songs of love lost and love found, trains and lots of songs of drinking!"

Happy? I'm not sure we do.
Jun. 30th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Happy LOVE songs...
Most bands do not have happy love songs. The only artists I've found who seem to have several are the Plain White T's and Taylor Swift. At least so far.
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